I remember reading about holographic storage / crystalline data storage in the mid 90s but back then they could write the data but couldn't read it back off. seems like they've fixed the problems according to the tests run last november. looking forward to the personal device using these to be available.. they've been doing tests with broadcasters for hdtv and the like.
Maxell Introduces Groundbreaking Holographic Recording Technology
November 25th, 2005 | Posted in Computer Technology by Leon Huang
Maxell Holographic Media
Up to 1.6-terabytes (or 1,600 1638-gigabytes for those who can't count) and transfer rates reaching 120 MBPS (megabytes, not bits!), Maxell's latest holographic technology is a real breakthrough in optical media.
Made possible together with InPhase Technologies, each of these 5¬º-inch disks can hold as much data as 63 DVDs. It offers a 50+ years of archive life and is expected to have the lowest cost per gigabyte compared to any other commercial removable storage in the current market.
"Combining high storage densities and fast transfer rates with durable, reliable, low cost media, Holographic technology is poised to become a compelling choice for next-generation storage and content distribution needs," said Liz Murphy, vice president of marketing for InPhase Technologies. "Unlike other technologies that record one data bit at a time, holography allows a million bits of data to be written and read in parallel with a single flash of light. This enables transfer rates significantly higher than current optical storage devices."
InPhase Holographic Drive
The first generation of this holographic media will come in only 300-gigabytes of storage capacity, and with a 20 MBPS transfer rate. Scheduled for release in late 2006, this will be one thing pr0n collectors optical storage fanatics will want to look out for.